Graduate Research Assistant
University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez
I was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico and lived there until 2014 when I moved to the west side of the island to complete my bachelor’s in civil engineering at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. In 2016 I started working in caricoos.org as an undergraduate research assistant, this experience has taught me a lot about the ocean as well as helping me appreciate it even more.
During September 2017, the island was impacted by hurricane María and shortly after I started working with Dr. Chardón by performing surveys of the extremely eroded coast of Rincón, Puerto Rico and studying the hydrodynamic conditions that contribute to the accretion or further erosion of the beach. The opportunity to help my country and learn more about the ocean motivated me to pursue graduate studies in thermal science at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez. I hope to combine this with my knowledge of civil engineering to solve many of the problems we are currently facing.
Apart from my academic career, growing up on an island like Puerto Rico has been a wonderful experience, I learned to appreciate the environment around me, and as I grew up I discovered my passion for the ocean. I started surfing when I was 13 years old and it has been a part of my life ever since. I spend my free time, surfing, free-diving, mountain biking, or doing any other outdoors activity.
Friday, August 3
2:20 PM – 2:40 PM